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History Presentation Brings New Appreciation of our Country Home

“To appreciate the present, one must first understand the past.”Frewsburg, FRH, History, Chautauqua County History, Frewsburg Rest Home, The Rest Home, local history, senior living, Tanglewood Group

Recently, Frewsburg Rest Home was host to the Town of Carroll Historical Society’s community presentation: “History of Frewsburg Rest Home”. The presentation was open to the public, as well as members of the Carroll Historical Society, along with our own residents and staff. Tom Earlandson, Helen Peterson and Barb Cessna came with old newspaper articles, photographs, literature etc. while explaining the very interesting, rich historical past of the Frewsburg Rest Home.
The First Mission Church in Jamestown held meetings for the Middle East Conference of the Swedish Evangelical Mission Covenant of America. It was at one of these meetings in 1921 where the need for an establishment for the elderly in the area was discussed. The officers of the conference were directed to search the area for suitable sites for a suitable property for the home, as well as prospective financial sponsors for the project. The first donation was $500, and over the course of a few months, the remainder of the funds needed were raised through local church congregations. In 1921, the committeethat was  appointed to finding property for the home reported that a large home with several buildings on two acres was on the market in Frewsburg, NY for $9,500. The property was approved by the Committee, the property was purchased and the trustees began to renovate and equip the house. The Board of Directors appointed Pastor and Mrs. C.W. Peterson of Bradford, PA. to be superintendent and Matron of the Home. The home was dedicated in conjunction with the annual Middle East conference in the Zion Mission Church of Jamestown on September 17th, 1922. Upon opening its doors, the “Middle East Old People’s Home” was filled to capacity with a waiting list for admission, so, the next year they decided to build an addition to the home. After the new addition was built, the facility had an open house. A pamphlet promoting this open-house described the home as “..a two-story structure with 30 bedrooms and equipped with modern conveniences – baths, electric lights, vapor heating and sun porches.” The name of the facility changed to ‘Frewsburg Covenant Home’ around 1945 when the “middle building” was constructed, readying the facility to provide homes to the elderly for several more decades.
Nearly 30 years later on February 14th, 1974, Malcolm and Joyce Sischo bought the building from the Middle East Conference. They immediately made necessary renovations, expanding the occupancy capacity from 21 residents to about 65. Also included was construction of a new kitchen, two recreation rooms and bathrooms. They also equipped the facility with a state-of-the-art sprinkler system and smoke alarms. During the final renovation under the Sischo name in 1987, the East Wing was built and the facilities name changed to “Frewsburg Rest Home”, which remains today. The Sischo’s remained the owners/administrators until 2014 when ownership changed hands to the Tanglewood Group. Since then, a full building renovation has been made, along with the addition of a new Activity Room, Fitness Center and an expanded dining room and kitchen.
On behalf of Frewsburg Rest Home, as well as the Tanglewood Group, we owe all of this information to the Town of Carroll Historical Society. They’ve kept track of the precious photos that are almost a century old, and kept record of the brilliant history of this beautiful building. Through looking at the old photos we learned that the wicker furniture that gave the ‘Wicker Room’  its’ name is almost 100 years old! The woodwork on the staircase, around the fireplace, doorways and windows in the living room is all original to the building. The cement stairs to the front porch, porch pillars, even the square gazebo out front were all here in the early 20’s!
Throughout the course of almost 100 years, the Frewsburg Rest Home has been just that, a home. All the changes and renovations have left the warm, welcoming charm unchanged. The CHS donated copies of photos, articles, and pamphlets from the past century for display here at Frewsburg Rest Home. If you are interested in learning more about the Frewsburg Rest Home, don’t hesitate to stop by and take a tour!
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2017 Fall Educational Series

Tanglewood Manor, senior living, caregiver, educational program, speakers

The Tanglewood Group will be offering a Fall Educational Series as a free service to the community this year. We will be bringing in local experts from our area to speak on a wide variety of topics related to aging and the elderly population.

The weekly series of presentations will be held at 2pm on each scheduled day at Tanglewood Manor throughout the months of September, October and November. Topics to be covered will be appropriate for seniors and individuals who serve as caregivers for aging friends and family members.

The Tanglewood Group welcomes residents, family members and the general public to attend any or all of these FREE programs. No reservation is necessary.

For more information, please call 716-483-2876.

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a link to the past, a bridge to the future.Tanglewood Group, Assisted Living, Senior Living, Memory Care, Caregivers, Alzheimers, Community, Senior Citizens

An important part of transitioning into an assisted living environment is the involvement and support of family and friends. Here at the Tanglewood Group, loved ones are encouraged to take part in any and all picnics, parties, performances and day-to-day activities, or even join their loved one for a meal.

Tanglewood Group prides themselves in the encouraged independence and individuality of each resident. Most of our residents are proud of the place they call home and are excited to invite their family and friends to experience the things they look forward to each day. Each facility has a “bistro”, which is a beautifully decorated kitchen setting where residents and loved ones can have private a “family style” meal. Tanglewood Manor as well as Frewsburg Rest Home have functional kitchens available for family get-togethers where they can even cook a meal with their loved one. This is a great way to accommodate several guests while the resident can stay in the comfort of their own home. Hosting a get-together, setting the table, preparing refreshments, giving a “grand tour” of the building, these are all things that promote independence and a continued sense of pride, which is the main goal of the Tanglewood Group as a whole.

Each season brings opportunity for picnics and holiday parties, all of which loved ones are invited to and encouraged to join. During the summer months, each facility hosts several outdoor picnics with traditional barbeque foods and a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. In August, Tanglewood Manor and Memory Garden host their annual Fishing Tournament and BBQ in the Louis Ferreri Memorial Park. There are 3 cash prizes awarded to each resident, family member and staff who catch the biggest fish. Frewsburg Rest Home will be hosting their first Pig Roast Luau in August for residents and their loved ones to enjoy the last bit of summer with a Hawaiian spin. Each facility hosts holiday meals for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter with full menus where loved ones are invited to join in our own traditions and family celebrations.

Having continued support from loved ones is so important and each facility within the Tanglewood Group does their best to incorporate family involvement any way they can. If you’d like to receive event invitations, newsletters, activities calendars and pictures please leave your e-mail address at the front desk of any facility, Tanglewood Manor, Frewsburg Rest Home or Memory Garden. Like our pages on Facebook to keep up with all the fun things we do on a daily basis. Finally, see the attached activities calendars for each facility and stop in and join us for any of our daily activities, our doors are always open!

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You Are What You Eat!

Tanglewood Group, Senior Living, Assisted Living, Food, Cooking, Healthy Living, Diet, Senior Citizens, Senior housing, ADL's

When Chef Travis Bensink was hired at the Tanglewood Group 5 months ago, a major improvement he wanted to make in the lives of others was to provide an outlet of better quality food.

Food is an essential part of living, and is a vital aspect in order to live a healthy lifestyle. Proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals are the five major nutrients we receive through food in order to sustain a healthy and productive way of life.

All of these components are essential in senior living because in many cases, food may be the only outlet used to increase or maintain energy. Without proper nutrition habits, immune systems may be at risk and make seniors more susceptible to colds, infections, and influenza. In the summer months, dehydration can also become a major issue.

After experimenting, taste testing, and of course trial and error, Travis released a new and improved summer menu to be proud of. Shrimp and grits, asparagus onion quiche, red pepper bisque soup and a variety of home-style comfort food introduces residents to a selection of meals that encourage healthy eating. “It all starts with fresh ingredients,” explains Travis. “Without natural ingredients, the quality of food declines. We try to use the freshest foods in our local market.” Leafy greens, fresh fruit and crisp vegetables are incorporated into the residents daily dishes to not only prove that healthy food is good for the body, but also delicious to eat!

As the menu continues to expand in the upcoming months, Travis and his team of dietary staff are looking forward to learning new culinary techniques and taking their knowledge a step further. “The ultimate goal is to satisfy every resident with their meals, because the residents are what come first.” For more information about our new menu, please contact Travis Bensink at (716) 483-2876 ext. 2205.

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Tanglewood Group to Host Summer Concerts in the Park

Tanglewood Group, Louis Ferreri Memorial Park, Summer Concert Series, Assisted Living, Senior Living, Jamestown NY

Nestled just behind Tanglewood Manor, The Louis Ferreri Memorial Park offers miles of peaceful woodland full of activities for both residents of the Tanglewood Group and the community. Opened in 2006, this hidden treasure has become the location for a wide variety of outdoor activities during the spring and summer.
Boasting 2.5 miles of walking trails, 6 seating areas, 3 stocked fishing ponds, and a dock that doubles as a performance stage, the Louis Ferreri Park delivers a calming ambiance within the bustling city of Jamestown.

As summer quickly approaches, Tanglewood Group residents, staff, and family members look forward to hosting another season of events in the park. Beginning in June, their Summer Concert Series will offer attendees a display of local entertainers in hour long performances on the outdoor stage. Seasonal favorites such as the Lake Erie Banjo Jammers, KoKoMo Time, Steve Strickland, and the Happy Days Band are just a few performers that will be providing musical entertainment this year.

The public is welcome to visit the park to experience all that it has to offer throughout the summer months. Community groups are also invited to host events at each of the Tanglewood facilities.

The Tanglewood Group has been offering quality care to seniors in the greater Jamestown area for over 30 years.  For more information about the summer concert series, use of the Tanglewood facilities, or any of the services Tanglewood offers, visit or call 716-483-2876.



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Volunteers Offer Therapeutic Approach

JCC, Occupational Therapy, OTA Students, Jamestown Community College, Memory Garden, Dementia Care, Assisted Living, Tanglewood Group, Arts and CraftsJCC Occupational Therapy Students Getting Involved at the Tanglewood Group

The Tanglewood and Memory Garden facilities have been alive with great volunteers from the JCC Occupational Therapy Program this winter!  We have welcomed two interns from the JCC OTA program at Memory Garden and Tanglewood Manor. These  ladies have been coming up with new activities as well as spending one-to-one time with the residents at both facilities.

At the Tanglewood Group we partner with organizations to increase our ability to connect with the community. The interns we have been hosting this have been able to assist with increased activity at both facilities. The interns have also implemented group activities including ladies groups, trivia, crafts and one of our favorite activities  – BINGO. Our residents and staff have enjoyed their energy and enthusiasm. Residents have also really enjoyed their youthful attitude and the ability to engage in new conversations. The interns have also commented that they enjoy getting to know the residents and spending time with them.

The interns are able to gain knowledge and skills that go beyond the classroom. While here with the Tanglewood Group they have been able to meet with other departments and really obtain a hands on learning experience. The Tanglewood Group is proud to continue partnerships like these that build relationships with community members.

We continue to look forward to hosting more groups and community events at each of our facilities. If you have any suggestions or recommendations please contact Nicole Mucheck at (716) 488-9434 ext. 2226.

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Meet our New Chef!

Tanglewood Group, Dietary, Chef, Senior Living, Assisted Living

The Tanglewood Group is pleased to announce the addition of a brand new chef, Travis E. Bensink, C.C., to the Tanglewood Manor staff. Travis brings 10 years of professional cooking experience and over 14 years of leadership experience to the Tanglewood Group family of properties. Beginning his career cooking at a Walt Disney World resort property, Mr. Bensink earned a customer service award through the Disney Traditions management training program, gaining experience as an Executive Chef with kitchen management and catering. Most recently, Travis was the Executive Chef at the Chautauqua Institution and Heirloom Restaurant, leading a staff of over 50, creating regular restaurant menus and managing events and inventory. A seasoned chef who values fresh, seasonal ingredients, he is particularly adept in staff training and leadership.

The Tanglewood Group is proud to welcome Travis and his culinary expertise, and looks forward to his creation of exciting new resident menus that are not only nutritious and delicious but also beautifully-presented. Nicholas Ferreri, Tanglewood Group’s owner, notes “As important as taste and quality is, we know that you eat with your eyes as well. Our goal is to provide residents not only with the best product, but with the best food presentation in the industry.”

To learn more about Tanglewood’s addition or to schedule a visit, please call 716-483-2876 or visit

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